Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The rich times are over. Folks have to produce for our public dollars. Salaries need to downsize ASAP starting with the MLAs. And if the NDP folks are not going to do it I guess the Conservatives will do this in the next election because citizens aren't feeling the need for so many elite expensive staff while we are going through economic troubles and job insecurity. We're not the elite. But we are expected to pay for the luxuries of the elite. No way.

Downsizing and cutbacks-here we come--
While families have to suck up reduced pay for work and no work in the private sector as our fate, the public sector is insulated from economic downturns by government protecting its own luxury packages.
Well I am here to tell government we're going to do the downsizing and cutbacks soon enough.
We're not rich.
Yet we have to pay for taxes so the elite and entitled in government and other public bodies like AHS, Covenant Health and universities get the major luxuries of the elite and entitled.
We're tired of it.
We want fairness.
Downsize the entire salary pool.
Cut back positions.
Get rid of the excesses of the executive staff and the MLAs. Why the heck are we paying major bucks for MLAs and Ministers who do not represent us or serve us?
It's a farce.
And this farce will end in the next election because we are tired of the set up of government that serves only the elite (themselves).

Jason Kenney has the right idea. Cuts are needed. And layoffs.
I'd suggest he begin with MLA compensation.
We're not getting value from our representatives and the pay cut should begin there.
Why the heck do we pay so much for the bloat in government? Just look at the number of staff for example at Alberta Health. These folks are sucking us dry.

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This is just Alberta Health.
Now expand all these workers to the folks at AHS and Covenant Health.
We pay for salaries, benefits, pension plans and expenses. We get what in return?
Good question.

Not only do we need wage cuts but also cuts to jobs.
We can't afford an elite in the public sector who sit around yapping about what to say to media about folks evicted from continuing care.
We're ordinary citizens.
We can't afford all this elite employee stuff.

And we don't want to afford it.

Not only does there need to be cuts to salaries and perks but these cuts need to go to all sectors such as universities where tenure needs to end.  We don't need senator type arrangements in universities but contracts.
We don't need the number of universities churning out more folks for unemployment.

We need investment in places that have workers that get jobs such as NAIT and SAIT.

The rich times are over.
Folks have to produce for our public dollars.
Salaries need to downsize ASAP starting with the MLAs.

And if the NDP folks are not going to do it I guess the Conservatives will do this in the next election because citizens aren't feeling the need for so many elite expensive staff while we are going through economic troubles and job insecurity.

We're not the elite.
But we are expected to pay for the luxuries of the elite.
No way.

PC leader Jason Kenney says it’s time to deal with high Alberta public sector pay and perks


Kenney at convention 2017

He isn't buying it.

Jason Kenney isn't buying the idea reining in the costs of the Alberta government means slashing and burning and services savaged with masses of nurses and teachers on the bread lines.

A scene out of The Grapes of Wrath.

No, the new Progressive Conservative leader isn't buying Premier Notley's scary talk every time anyone even hints at a real reduction in provincial government cheque-writing.

Visiting Postmedia HQ in Calgary, Kenney asks why the Notley NDP hasn't tackled the problem.

He asks a question but he has his own answer and believes you do as well.

"Why isn't the NDP leading the way on this right now? We all know why. Because their decisions are calibrated to benefit the most supportive interest groups," says the man now trying to unite all conservatives in one new party to defeat the Dippers.

One big and very supportive interest group, workers on the provincial government payroll. Many are now going for new contracts.

Some smart souls say what's needed in this province is not a wage freeze but a wage rollback.

Kenney is one of those people who still believes the Alberta government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

Kenney does not go into details on exactly what he would do but he goes over what has been said time and time again.

It is a point hammered home for the last few years by folks handy with a calculator, even before the victory of the Notley NDP.

It should be clipped out and stuck up on the fridge.

Provincial government day-to-day operating spending in Alberta is way higher per person than in B.C. One report pegged B.C. spending at $9,646 a person and Alberta at $12,226 a person.

B.C. has a bigger population than Alberta but still spends fewer dollars than Alberta to offer the same government services with results often the same or better.

And B.C. has an older population where you would think costs on health care, the biggest ticket item in the budget, would be higher.

More than half of the Alberta government's operating budget goes to pay and perks for employees.

Those employees generally make more dough than elsewhere because previous Toryland governments took cash in the days of high oil prices to up wages high enough to shut up any squawking.

They thought they had money to throw around and they threw it around.

People are being paid as if the government was still raking in the money.

Kenney says something has to be done. In Saskatchewan, there will be a 3.5% cut. In Manitoba, there's a wage freeze.

"There has to be restraint in the 50% of the provincial budget consumed by salaries and benefits," says Kenney of the situation in Alberta, adding it is "not the least bit controversial."

After all, can you imagine a situation where a government would one day hike taxes on Albertans while government wages weren't brought into line with the reality in the rest of Canada?

"People in the private sector have taken huge blows in the past couple of years of layoffs and cutbacks," says Kenney.

"It seems to me to go back to them and say they have to pay more taxes for folks who've done comparatively better is unfair.

"Our government should govern in the public interest and not according to special interests."

Them's fightin' words for the NDP and the unions and the high-priced paper shufflers.

By the way, while he talks about shrinking the bottom line, Kenney the conservative urges caution about the costs of the Olympics.

"We have to focus on the must-haves rather than the nice-to-haves," he says.

He is also not keen on a provincial sales tax or new taxing powers for cities.

He would scrap the carbon tax.

Still, for the man who wants to be premier, the No. 1 job is getting money into Alberta.

"The NDP has undermined investor confidence. Billions of dollars have fled this province. International investors tell me they have a red flag on Alberta as long as this government is in place."

It is then Kenney offers advice knowing it doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of being taken.

"I hope the NDP take a deep breath and realize we're not going to move in a significant way out of this downturn until we restore investor confidence," he says.

"And that will require reversing some of their policies, which they're not prepared to do."

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